Have you ever had a moment in your life when the pressures of what was going on around you made you feel like life is just too hard? You probably have tried everything that you can think of. Praying, talking to others, crying, creating mental strategies, and everything in between. Still time and time again, the results are the same. You find yourself encountering the same problems over and over. Failing the same tests time and time again. After being frustrated for so long, while in a place of complete turmoil, you say, “God, I’m about to Break”.
This has been my truth for the past several months or even years. I know that you see the smiling face, blogs about Jesus, and encouraging posts. I believe in smiles, I am confident that Jesus is the answer, and I will always encourage others. Even in all of this, the truth is, just like anyone else; I have and still do encounter struggles. Time and time again, I have felt like I am at my breaking point. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know that you are not alone.
For you, it may be being the only saved person in your family, having more bills than money, fighting a physical ailment, or even finding peace within yourself. Whenever I feel like I am at my breaking point, I hold on to these few truths for dear life.
God is the Potter
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
– Isaiah 64:8
I have never visited a potter’s house in person, but I have seen images of what pottery looks like. While creating a masterpiece, the clay starts out looking like a big old lump of nothing. Certainly not even close to the end results. The clay is frumpy and needs a whole lot of shaping, molding, smoothing, and painting until it becomes the work of art it was meant to be. Here is the catch, only the potter knows what the intended masterpiece will look like.
In your own brokenness, remind yourself that there is a masterpiece that the Potter is forming. I know it may not look like much. What you are going through probably seems to make no sense. It will more than likely hurt a whole lot and seem pointless, but the Master has a vision in mind. If you continue to allow Him to mold, shape, and smooth, one day you will look up and realize that God made a masterpiece out of you.
God Sees Me
In hardships, it is so tempting to believe that you are forgotten by God. It feels like somehow God got busy doing God stuff and totally forgot about little old you. As a baby Christian, whenever I got in these moments, God was always quick to send someone with a word or some other means of reminding me. Then those reminders got fewer and farther in between. I am not saying that God somehow stopped checking on me, but instead it was time for me to know that God is with me, more than feel like He is with me. You may not feel like God sees you, but that does not change the fact that He does. Let your knowing of the truth override the lies of your feelings.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…
– Isaiah 49:16
Nothing Lasts Forever
This reminder is my all-time favorite. When I began walking with Christ, I had so many struggles. Closet struggles and even a blind man can see struggles. Lying, drinking, fornicating, just to name a few. Looking back, God was faithful to deliver me from so many habits that felt impossible to stop. I did not stay in that season forever. As I pursued God, He came to my rescue. I always remind myself that the same God that rescued me then, will be faithful to rescue me now. There is no habit or situation that He cannot handle.
Now you try. Take a moment to reflect on your life and how far you have come. I know that you can pinpoint at least one moment in time when God came all the way through for you. God is just that good. Now that you’ve done that, my question is why don’t you think that God will do it again? Resist the urge to worry and tell your situation, “You have an expectant end date!”
No matter how you may feel, I want you to know that God will not allow you to break. Every single time that I appeared to be at my breaking point, God always found a way to lighten my load and increase my strength. I was close to the edge, but I never broke.
Stick to what God told you to do. Keep walking this life out with Jesus. One day sooner, than later, as you look back over your life, you will see that all the dots were connected. It will all make sense.
Until Next Time…
Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly.